With the release of Revolutionary Daughters- Al Jazeera English'sdocumentary on Kranti, we were flooded with emails from all over the world! There is a 12 year old girl in Sacramento who wants to be email friends with the Revolutionaries, and a 75 year old couple in the UK who want to donate £10 to us every month, although they are pensioners themselves.
It was "Nutrition and Food Justice" month at Kranti this month! The girls learnt about a balanced diet and the Kranti home now eats based on a menu prepared by a dietician, kick starting the day with breakfast smoothies packed with the wholesome goodness of fruits and dairy. We conducted two workshops for the Revolutionaries to learn the origin of their food and organic food production. To make the learning experiential, the Revolutionaries visited the Sahakari Spice Garden, an organic spice farm, in Goa, and learnt first hand from the farmers there.
The older Revolutionaries are scouting for colleges to apply to next year. They recently visited the Mahindra United World College, Pune, India, to meet the teachers and students there, look at the infrastructure of the campus, and understand the course requirements.
We are going to be on T.V.!!! Kranti will feature on Al Jazeera International’s new series, “Activate”, featuring young activists around the globe. Watch the premier of “Revolutionary Daughters” on the 18th of October, on: http://english.aljazeera.net/Programmes/activate/episodes.html
After watching this incredible documentary please support Kanti’s work by donating to us on http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/build-a-home-for-indias-future-revolutionaries/ on the 19th of October and have Global Giving match 30% of your donation.
The Revolutionaries have been stars at conferences around the country this month!
Our co-founder, Trina, won The Indus Entrepreneurs Stree Shakti award for being the most promising social entrepreneur of the year! She got a cash prize of Rs. 100, 000, that Kranti is going to use to start a college fund for the oldest Revolutionaries, who will be going to college in 2 years.
Two Revolutionaries, Savita and Bani, attended a Women’s Rights and Empowerment conferece in New Delhi organised by PWESCR (Programme on Women's Economic Social and Cultural Rights). Yet another Revolutionary, Aparna, participated in the Youth Parliament, that discussed the prospect of sex education in schools and presented the state government with a proposal of a sex education curriculum.
Kranti’s quest for land continues. In the past three months we have looked at eight other plots of land, but nothing has matched the combination of price and location that Kranti needs.
Simultaneously we are exploring alternative housing options, like building out of pallet rack shelving, in collaboration with Jaaga, an organization which seeks to nurture innovative endeavors by providing space, core infrastructure, and a diverse social environment. They explore new ways of using pallet rack shelving to create a social and collaborative place for a wide range of forward thinking people. However, even to construct an innovative Jagaa home, we need land, and that’s where we hit a dead end. For pictures and to learn more about Jaaga, please check out their website http://www.jaaga.in/
We are currently considering land options in other Indian cities, like Kolkata and Bangalore, where real estate is comparatively cheaper. Ideally, we do not want to move from Mumbai, because all our networks are set up here, and Mumbai’s cultural vibrancy, which helps the Revolutionaries develop critical thinking through theater, alternative films, art exhibitions, concerts. However, we have given ourselves a deadline till the end of 2011. If by December 2011, we are still unable to buy land in a suitable location in Mumbai, we will consider the land options in other cities and orchestrate a move there.
We promise to keep you posted and are forever thankful for your support!
- Kranti and the Revolutionaries